BGSU Votes

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

BGSU Votes is an initiative of the Center for Community & Civic Engagement focused on voter engagement to increase the knowledge and develop the skills students will need to engage in democracy, politics, policy making, and social action.

2018 General Election

Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
Early Voting Begins: October 10, 2018
Absentee Ballots Deadline: November 3, 2018
2018 General Election: November 6, 2018
On Campus Voter Identification Letter

As of September 10, 2017, on-campus student residents will have the ability to download a Voter Identification Letter via the MyBGSU Web Portal for voting in Wood County. Just print the letter or pull it up on your mobile device and take it to the voting poll on Election Day in order to vote! Each Voter Identification Letter will expire 30 days after printing.


Log into your MyBGSU Web Portal, go to the Student Center, and find the section labeled, “Personal Information”. Click on the drop down box and choose the option that says, “Voter Identification Letter”.  If you do not have a current residence hall address, you will not be able to obtain a letter.   

Questions? Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011.

National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement

BGSU has been part of a national study since 2012 to learn more about student registration and voting rates.  This study is coordinated by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tuft's University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.  

View BGSU's 2016 Report



Voter Information Presentations

BGSU Votes representatives would be happy to attend a meeting to provide information about voting to your student organization or class.  The presentations can include information about how to register to vote, how to organize a registration drive as an organization event, and nonpartisan information about how to get informed about the candidates and issues.


BGSU Policy Guide

This guide has been created to aid student organizations and outside organizations to navigate BGSU policies related to voter engagement.

BGSU Policy Guide for Voter Engagement

Frequently Asked Questions

An absentee ballot allows you to vote by mail.  If you are a registered voter, your local board of elections will send out an absentee ballot application and corresponding deadline to submit. They will then send you your ballot by mail and you complete it and send it back to your local board of elections.

If you did not get an absentee ballot by mail, you can request one online at Remember, you must be registered to request an absentee ballot.

Early voting is a convenient option to cast your ballot before election day.  Many voters are out of town on election day, cannot make it to the hours of voting on election day because of work, or other extenuating circumstances.

Each county handles early voting differently.  Before the election, determine the early voting location and times in the county in which you are registered to vote.  For those of you registered in Bowling Green, the early voting location is a short walk from campus at the Wood County Courthouse (located in the building with tall clock tower near downtown Bowling Green, or 1 Court House Sq., Bowling Green, OH).

If you are registered you can find your polling location using the state voter information website.

Students who live on campus must show photo ID as well as a proof of residency letter, which is accessible through Residence Life.

The identification necessary for students who live off campus is listed at this link

If you are voting early in person, you will need your Ohio Driver's License or State ID number or the last 4-digits of your Social Security Number.

You can find the official address list on the Residence Life webpage: 

Yes, you will have to register using your address on campus or off campus address in Bowling Green.  

Many students decide to register to vote in the town they attend college/university.  As a student you have the right to register and vote in the place that you consider to be truly "home".  We recommend that you speak to your friends and family to help you make the decision about where you would like to vote.

Voting 101 Guide

Take this short survey to learn all about the process of voting.  By the end you will know

  • how to register,
  • have an action plan for when and where you want to vote, and
  • know more about nonpartisan resources to get informed about candidates and issues.

VOTING 101 guide


We are always looking for students, faculty, and staff interested in volunteering to help us with nonpartisan voter engagement.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the following form:

Volunteer Interest Form

Interest Areas:*

Please select all that apply.

Be Ready to Vote

Contact Us


Brandon Willinger

Position: Center for Community & Civic Engagement, Civic Action Leader
Phone: 419-372-9865
Address: 100 University Hall


Alyssa Tomins

Position: Andrew Goodman Foundation
Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Phone: 419-372-9865
Address: 100 University Hall


Harrison Carter

Position: Andrew Goodman Foundation, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Phone: 419-372-9865
Address: 100 University Hall

BGSU is a participating institution in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge and for the 2016 election received the Bronze Campus recognition for a voter participation rate of 50-59%.  For more information about the All In Campus Democracy Challenge visit:

Why Falcons Should Vote